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Fine and dandy

The Red Rose, Backes & StraussLondon-based Backes & Strauss describes itself as the world’s oldest diamond company, having been masters of diamonds since 1789. Its watchmaking combines similar expertise: supreme craftsmanship, mathematical precision and the combination of art and science. Referencing Backes & Strauss’s provenance, the design team have created three unique watch collections: The Berkeley, The Piccadilly and The Regent. Crafted in 18ct white or rose gold and set with diamonds, they are inspired by London’s Regency architecture, notably that of John Nash. Two new pieces have recently been introduced celebrating this era of elegance and decadence: The Red Rose (pictured, £72,860) and The Blue Velvet (£68,580), inspired by rooms within the Prince Regent’s palatial Carlton House.